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Congestion-free arrival to the stadium

For eight years now, the Dodgers have been fan magnets and one of Major League Baseball’s biggest draws. So you have to get up very early on game days if you want to avoid getting stuck in traffic. With the Aerial rapid transit system to be built by the company LA ARTT, Dodger fans will be able to get from inner city Los Angeles to the stadium in just five minutes.

Photo: Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

 

On December 6, the Los Angeles Metro announced that it had signed a letter of intent with Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC (ARTT) opening formal negotiations on the development of a privately- nanced gondola lift from Dodgers Stadium to Union Station. The idea to establish the connection is not new: the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission intended to build a cableway to Dodgers Stadium as early as 1990.

 

The intent was to make visitor access to the Stadium easier and further increase public interest in the game. But the idea was not followed up. When ARTT revived the plan and submitted its project proposal to the LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation, interest was newly aroused.

 

“This proposal is a perfect example of the out-of-the-box thinking that we had in mind when we called for the submission of creative initiatives,” said Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation officer with the LA Metro. “Now that our potential partners have submitted their ideas and solutions, the Metro is able to use their creativity and re- sourcefulness in an optimal way.”

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With the letter of intent signed, the Metro can now move from the evaluation phase to project development. The Metro and ARTT will negotiate the roles and responsibilities for the planning and construction of the cable car and discuss the exact routing and possible stations. ARTT would like the route to lead from Union Station to the stadium to enable visitors to utilize the transport hub’s large offering.

 

Moreover, important means of public transport could be integrated into the new transport concept at this location as well. In addition to the red, purple and gold met ro rail lines, baseball fans could also use buses and shuttles to access the stadium without having to drive.

The cable car should become a new “zero–emissions” connection within the existing system of public transport. screenshots: Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit System.

The planned installation should also have an incredible high transport capacity. The goal is to be able to transfer 5,000 persons per hour over a distance of more than two kilometers. “This privatelynanced, emission-free transit line could transport thousands of people per hour, reduce traffic and directly connect Dodger Stadium to the local public transport system.

 

We are looking forward to working together with the Metro’s sta to implement this cableway project so that the fans can “soar through the air” to the stadium as soon as in 2022,” says ARTT’s project manager, Martha welborne.

The project should be privately nanced and provide transport for over 5,000 fans per hour in each direction. Screenshots: Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit System

Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (ARTT)


The Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC was founded by Drew McCourt, son of the former Dodgers’ owner, Frank Mccourt. Thanks to this connection, McCourt knows not only the stadium, but also the fans, like no other. He is convinced that the planned ART System will bring signi cant improvement for all.

 

This cableway project would become one of several planned infrastructural projects that should help relieve the traffic situation in this city of millions. For Eric garecetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, the project o ers an opportunity for the entire city: “I am absolutely con dent that it will happen. To some, it may look a bit crazy because we don’t have any cableways here in Los Angeles but the idea is good.

 

Similar installations run in over a dozen cities worldwide, demonstrating that something like this works. “ There are always new ideas springing up in this South-Californian city but Screenshots: Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit System they usually disappear after a while. One example is the project to build a cable car running up to the Hollywood sign which was discussed here last year.

 

Financing of the estimated 125 million dollar project (just over 100 million euros) should be partially covered by Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies itself. For the remaining sum, private investors would be sought. If the project receives a green light, the cable car is planned for launch in 2022. To increase the attractiveness of the installation, the price for using the cable car will be kept as low as possible.

 

To park a car at the stadium, one currently has to pay around 20 US dollars; the cable car ticket should be less. tm